The WEC has announced the complete card for their May 12th event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Doug Marshall vs Justin McElfresh - WEC Light Heavyweight Title
Jason Miller vs Hiromitsu Miura
Richard Crunkilton vs Jamie Varner
Eric Schambari vs Art Santore
Ed Ratcliff vs Johnny Sampaio
Brandon Foxworth vs Manny Tapia
Tom Speer vs Sidney Silva
Marcus Hicks vs Sergio Gomez
Gary Padilla vs Ariel Gandolla
PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz has received a 6 month suspension from the NSAC for testing positive to Delta-9-THC. Along with the suspension, Diaz received a $3,000 fine and his victory over Takanori Gomi was changed to a no contest.
Alamo went on to say, “Mr. Diaz was 175. This creates a unique situation. I was there at this fight and believe that you were intoxicated and… that it made you numb to the pain. Did it help you win? I think it did.”
In his statements to the commission, Diaz said, “I wasn’t under the influence when I was fighting. I don’t abuse drugs normally; it was a one-time thing. It was very embarrassing for me to test positive.”
The NSAC also suspended Joe Pearson and Kit Cope. Pearson tested positive to Delta-9-THC and he received a 6 month suspension and $800 fine. Cope tested positive for Boldenone and he was suspended 9 months and fined $1,167.
All of the drug tests given after last month’s WEC 26 event in Las Vegas have been returned with negative results for all known banned substances according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Eight of the twenty total fighters that fought at the event were tested and passed with flying colors: John Alessio, Chase Beebe, Carlos Condit, Dominic Cruz, Urijah Faber, Scott Norton, Alex Serdyvukov, and Eddie Wineland. The other twelve remaining fighters were not tested.
News and Notes
- Check back later this morning for our predictions on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 9. As always we will be going live at 8 PM EST with one of our patented live blogs…
- Also video of Josh Koscheck fighting a fan is coming your way around 8:30 AM…
- So what are you doing today from 6 PM on? Watching Spike TV, duh. Remember there will be two episodes of UFC Unleashed between 6-8 PM. 8 PM of course is UFC Fight Night 9 and following that will be the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 5 at 10 PM. Going to be a big day.
- A Japanese news report is speculating that Diego Sanchez may participate in the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix starting in May.
- Brazilian MMA news site World Fight posted a recent interview with Mauricio Rua where he stated that he would be interested in taking on Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz in the near future.
UFC Junkie gives the English translation:
WF: Tito Ortiz declared recently that he would like to fight with you…
Rua: He is a very good athlete and strong, I would like to face him yes, with certainty I would like that fight.
WF: Does the possibility of a rematch with Renato Sobral motivate you to fight in the UFC?
Rua: Definitely! It is a fight that now can happen and I would like it very much it if did.
- Cage Warriors President Doug Truman was arrested yesterday on charges of an alleged connection to a convicted drug dealer in Hampshire, England. Truman is still in jail but is expected to post bail in the next 24 hours.
- The schedule for Versus’ coverage of the WEC starting in June is now up on it’s official website.
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LAS VEGAS - Finally, what the fight fans have been demanding is going to happen. The World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC™) Lightweight Title is on the line when current champion “Razor” Rob McCullough defends his title against hard-hitting Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton.
“I’m pleased to announce to fans all around the world that WEC Champion Rob McCullough, one of the strongest and most experienced lightweight fighters in the world, and number one contender Rich Crunkilton, one of the most athletic and well-rounded fighters in the WEC, will be the main event for the WEC May 12 card,” said Scott Adams, WEC Co-General Manager.
McCullough (14-3-0), fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif., is considered one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA. His vicious attacks have catapulted him to the top of the food chain, with punishing knockouts an indelible trademark finish. His last outing was an impressive win over Kit Cope via elbows to the body. Cope was unable to take the punishment, tapping out at 2:53 of the first round. McCullough is looking to show the world why he is the world’s top 155-pounder when he takes on Crunkilton.
“Rich is no match for me,” said a confident McCullough. “I’m looking to end the fight quick, and that means a KO. Nobody’s going to take my belt”
Here are the full results from WEC 26: Las Vegas.
- Brian Stann def. Steve Cantwell - TKO (Strikes)
- Micah Miller def. Jesse Moreng - Submission (Triangle Choke)
- Alex Serdyukov def. Scott Norton - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Charlie Valencia def. Antonio Banuelos - KO (Punch)
- Cub Swanson def. Tommy Lee - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Dave Terrel def. Tiki Ghosn - TKO (Strikes)
- Brock Larson def. Erik Apple - Submission (Kimura)
- Chase Beebe def. Eddie Wineland - Decision (Unanimous)
- Urijah Faber def. Dominic Cruz - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Carlos Condit def. John Alessio - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Here is the full card for WEC 26. It will feature three title fights along with the WEC return of Joe Riggs.
WEC 26 Fight Card
Urijah Faber vs. Dominic Cruz - WEC Featherweight Title
John Alessio vs. Carlos Condit - WEC Welterweight Title
Eddie Wineland vs. Chase Beebe - WEC Bantamweight Title
Joe Riggs vs. Hiromitsu Miura
Brock Larson vs. Erik Apple
Dave Terrel vs. Tiki Ghosn
Cub Swanson vs. Tommy Lee
Alex Serdyukov vs. Scott Norton
Micah Miller vs. Jesse Moreng
Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell
News and Notes
- WEC veteran Cole Escovedo is now suffering from paralysis from the waist down due to a staph infection…
According to a post by Laura Escovedo on MMA.tv and confirmed by Reed Harris of the WEC, Cole contracted a staph infection back in December that went unchecked because he just thought it was a spider bite or something of that sort. By the time he was diagnosed in January with staph, the infection made its way into his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down.
Cole was hospitalized and underwent an operation to alleviate some of the fluid that had built up on his spine due to the infection. He has since been released from the hospital and is now at home with a walker and is set to begin therapy.
At the time of publication, it was unknown whether Cole’s paralysis is a permanent or, hopefully, a temporary condition.
- More news on the whole Kurt Angle situation and who he might be signing with:
With a lighter schedule working with rival promotion Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) and a recovery from numerous health issues, 38-year-old Angle says he’s poised to enter the MMA world in 2007 with a number of suitors courting the former Olympian. At the top of the list, says Angle, is the newly formed Elite XC, which enjoyed a strong debut this past Saturday on the premium channel SHOWTIME.
“It looks like I’m going to sign with them (Elite XC) but then all of a sudden Dana White comes along last week and calls Dixie Carter (President of TNA) and says ‘Why is Kurt going to Showtime? I want to talk to him; he should be fighting for Spike, for UFC.”
Pro Elite’s Gary Shaw issued a “no comment” this morning regarding any contact they’ve had with Angle. Dixie Carter, President of TNA, who would not comment on Angle’s negotiations with any company but did confirm that the wrestler’s TNA contract allows him to do MMA, but only if TNA agrees it is best for him. Inquiries to the UFC were unanswered; while Angle says he’d need at least six to eight months of solid training before entering the cage or ring for a mixed martial arts debut.
“I can’t go in there with just my amateur wrestling skills,” said Angle. “I need to learn every facet of fighting, I need to learn how to protect myself with striking, submission holds, some jiu-jitsu and how to strike a bit better.”
- KOTC Canada’s next event, Capital Chaos, will take place on March 28th at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull, Quebec…
- Elite XC Head Gary Shaw stated that a rematch between Renzo Gracie and Frank Shamrock will most likely take place this fall.
- Our rumors section has also been updated…
News and Notes
- WEC featherweight Joe Pearson tested positive for marijuana following his Jan. 20th WEC title fight versus Urijah Faber.
- UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre has signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC. The deal will make St. Pierre one of the top paid fighters in the organization.
- For those of you interested, check out the latest edition of ‘Fight Opinion Radio’. This weeks show revolves around the upcoming IFL show as the bring on Stephen Quadros and fighter Clint Coronel. Also on the show is a recap of Ultimate Fight Night 8.
- Wrestling Observer released the bout order for UFC 67: All or Nothing…
UFC 67 line-up for Saturday in order:
Diego Saraieva vs. Dustin Hazelett
Frank Edgar vs. Tyson Griffin
Terry Martin vs. Jorge Rivera
Sam Hoger vs. Lyoto Machida
Patrick Cote vs. Scott “desperation punch” Smith
Marvin Eastman vs. Quinton Rampage Jackson
Eddie Sanchez vs. Mirko Cro Cop
John Halverson vs. Roger Huerta
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter for the middelweight title
*Depending on how the show is going, they could reverse No. 3 and No. 4, which will happen if the first two matches don’t go the distance.
- Countdown to UFC 67: All or Nothing will air tonight at 11 PM EST on Spike TV.
- UK lightweight David Lee has confirmed that he’ll appear on the upcoming UFC card in Manchester, England.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting UFC veteran Kit Cope tested positive for steroids after his fight this past weekend at WEC: McCullough vs. Cope.
Kit Cope, who headlined Zuffa’s first World Extreme Cagefighting event on Saturday night in Las Vegas, tested positive for the steroid Boldenone (Equipoise) according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Cope, 29, lost to “Razor” Rob McCullough in the main event of the show at the Hard Rock Hotel, in a match for the vacant WEC lightweight title. He was stopped in 2:53 with strikes on the ground.
Boldenone is an anabolic agent which was developed veterinary use. The purpose of the drug is to rehabilitate injured horses. Boldenone is the same substance both Josh Barnett and Stephan Bonnar tested positive for and each guy received a lengthy suspension. Trace amounts of the drug can easily be detected months after the user stops consuming the substance.